→ How to Fail at Managing

Marc Normandin writing on Over the Monster about the excellent piece R.J. Anderson wrote about failing managers:

One point I’ve made in the past (more on the podcast than anywhere) is that it’s fine if Valentine isn’t the perfect strategist in today’s game — what matters the most is that he keeps the clubhouse together, like Francona used to. He hasn’t succeeded in doing that, though, at least in the iterations of the clubhouse that no longer exist

If Valentine had the clubhouse together a la Francona, but was Washington-esque with his dugout skills, would you be so willing to cut him loose?

I still cannot believe how much of a failure Bobby Valentine has turned out to be.